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Travelers—and Airfare Spending—Take Flight With Improving Economy

In a sign that the scars from the financial crisis maybe healing, travelers in the U.S. are spending more on flights while slowing outlays on typically less-expensive forms of transportation such as cars, trains and buses.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/18/travelers-and-airfare-spending-take-flight-with-improving-economy/?mod=WSJBlog

Japan Needs Higher Returns on Overseas Assets

Despite a more than a two-year stretch in merchandise trade deficits, Japan still brings in more capital from abroad than it sends out, thanks to hefty returns on its overseas investments. Yet economists warn that the country needs to increase its returns on those holdings if it is going to secure capital to fuel economic activity.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/18/japan-needs-higher-returns-on-overseas-assets/?mod=WSJBlog

Thinking About A New Home? Builders Throw in Freebies To Lure Buyers

“In place of increasing incentives across the board, we strategically used them on specific communities where we thought the sales pace was a little slow,” Lennar

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/17/thinking-about-a-new-home-builders-throw-in-freebies-to-lure-buyers/?mod=WSJBlog

Watch Out, Obama: Only Israelis Believe Trade Will Cut Prices for Consumers

President Barack Obama and other world leaders are having a tough time selling the benefits of the trade agreements they’re negotiating, in part because much of the public thinks all the talk about trade’s benefits is a bunch of baloney.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/16/watch-out-obama-only-israelis-believe-trade-will-cut-prices-for-consumers/?mod=WSJBlog

China’s Copper Imports Slow Due to Probe

China’s commodity imports in August mostly softened, led by a 12% decline in the volume of copper shipments from a year earlier due to the fallout from a government probe into metal financing at Chinese ports.
Copper imports fell to 340,000 metric tons, according to customs data Monday.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/08/chinas-copper-imports-slow-due-to-probe/?mod=WSJBlog

China’s Weak Demand for Asia’s Exports Sows Confusion

Qingdao Port in China.
Associated Press

China’s weak demand for electronics parts and other goods made in Asian countries has economists scratching thei

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/05/chinas-weak-demand-for-asias-exports-sows-confusion/?mod=WSJ_EC_RT_Blog
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